Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ways to Help Out Victims of Hurricane Harvey

I can't help but be so sad and scared for those who are in the path of Hurricane Harvey and dealing with such relentless aftermath. I wanted to share with you guys a few resources on how to help with Hurricane Harvey.

Forbes wrote a fantastic article about where you can donate and some excellent tips when doing so.

Read Forbes Article.

Cool Mom Picks also has some great resources as well. It lists out some of the smaller places you can donate to, like food banks and some other ways you can offer help.

Read Cool Mom Picks Article

Also Texas Monthly has listed ways you can hlep too, such as donating to the Texas Diaper Bank,  the Driscoll Children's Hospital and other places.

Read Texas Monthly article 
Mom 2.0 also has an amazing list of resources for you to check out, if you would like to help. It includes food donations, animal relief places, and so much more.

Read Mom 2.0 article


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hey 90s Kids, Boys II Men is Coming Out with a New Album

Growing up, I vividly remember enjoying Boys II Men. Not only were these guys really handsome but also they were really talented. I loved that song "On Bended Knee" and "I'll Make Love to You." Ah, they were so great!

Recently, I couldn't help but notice I've been seeing them in these commercials for Geico. Check it out -

Hehe. Don't you love that? "So gassy, girl."

Well you guys this is exciting because Boys II Men are coming out with a NEW album. I'm really excited about this album because it includes some classic doo-wop songs like "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and "I Only Have Eyes for You." They will also have guest vocalists such as Brian McKnight (remember him??), Amber Riley, and ten time Grammy winners, Take Six.

If you are as excited about this as I am, you must go now to pre-order the album. You can do that here.  Or visit my Amazon affiliate link, if you could. Purchase now.

Are you, or were you, a fan of Boys II Men? Will you be purchasing their album?

Included in this post are affiliate links for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

5 Things I Learned About Coconuts for World Coconut Day

Did you know that September 2nd is World Coconut Day? I didn't either, but one of my favorite body washes and body lotions uses coconut in their ingredients list. So I thought today of all days would be great way to talk about one of my new favorite things - coconuts!

So, I thought I'd put together five things I have learned about coconuts that I never knew before. 

1) The coconut is considered the "tree of life" due to its many uses and benefits. 

I've read so many places that talk about the uses and benefits of coconuts. I spotted an article with Dive Training Magazine that talks in depth about the coconut. The coconut palm is considered the "tree of life" because it's used as food, clothing, shelter, tools, and so much more. It's even part of the daily survival for some cultures. 

2) It's quite possible to use coconut oil as an all purpose beauty treatment.

I found this really interesting article on Fashionista.com by a woman who basically replaced all of her skin care treatment with coconut oil. From hair wash to make up remover - all coconut oil, all the time. And you know? It worked pretty well.

I use coconut oil for my moisturizer and love it. I also use this Coconut Papaya Body Wash by Nubian Heritage. It does have that coconut-y smell but also balanced by a fruity scent. 

3) It takes a full year for a coconut to mature into a ripe fruit.

And acording to Dive Training Magazine, when the coconut first starts out, the juice inside can bring about almost a liter of juice.

4) It can be used as a natural remedy.

According to Wellness Mama, you can use coconut oil for so many variety of purposes! If you rub some in your nose, it can help reduce allergies, for example. It can also be used as a pretty awesome toothpaste (although you shouldn't replace your usual toothpaste)  Read more about coconut oil uses here. 

5) People are going nuts for coconuts.

So, according to this UK The Voice, coconut hair care products have grown by 29% over the last year.  Coconut products alone are showing a 23% growth over the last year. Why? Retail Insight Manager Kaajal Bhatti says, "I think what we're actually seeing is something of a coconut revolution, rather than just a fad." Read more of the article here.

Interested in buying some amazing products made of this amazing food and beauty product? Well, I love products by Nubian Heritage and their body wash and body lotion is just amazing. It smells good and feels good on the skin. It isn't drying at all. You can get some for $12.99. Purchase now.

I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my honest review.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ring Bearer Dog Loses Rings Right Before Ceremony

Have you ever been to a wedding where the dog was part of the ceremony? I haven't yet but I have heard of it. I feel like there's always tremendous room for disaster, but for those who have pets, it's a way to include your furry family member into a special day. For Jeff Brines, his sister's wedding included his dog Tucker, who was the ring bearer. It all was going according to plan until Tucker ran off while no one was looking.

While Brines was taking photographs and handling the sound system, unleashed Tucker made a break for it. Luckily he did return in time for the ceremony, but sadly the rings were gone from Tucker's collar.

Brines told local news KUSA that he was pretty upset when that happened. In fact, after the ceremony, he took his shoes off and waded into the water to search for the rings. He said, "You realize you're in a giant park. You're not inside. You have no idea where your dog just was, you can't ask him, he can't talk to you and you're looking for a needle in a haystack."

But this didn't ruin the big day. In fact, Brines said that the couple laughed the moment off. Some people at the wedding donated rings for the ceremony. If you take a look at their wedding video, you can see that this didn't stop the couple from having a beautiful ceremony and a good time.

I guess the take away advice here is - make sure you hold onto the rings until it's time for your pup to walk them down the aisle for you.


Monday, August 21, 2017

The Most Adorable Pool Party - A Puppy Pool Party.

To celebrate the end of summer, Rose Park Pool in Billings, Montana, celebrated with a puppy pool party. If you are not having a good day today, I think this is an excellent way of boosting your spirit. 

This looks like a pool party that I know I would love to be invited to. Now if only this video was like ten minutes longer, I'd really be able to enjoy myself.

Video first shared on Billings Gazette (SOURCE


Saturday, August 19, 2017

National Geographic to Provide Full Coverage of the Eclipse

Are you ready for the eclipse? I live in Oregon, and there's been so much news about the upcoming crowds for the eclipse, I'm not sure what I'm more interested in at this point - traffic jam news or the eclipse! Anyways, in case you don't live near the path of totality or can't make it down there (like me), than you will be happy to know that National Geographic has planned on full coverage for the eclipse.

They are offering a full day of coverage from scientists on the ground as the eclipse happens. There is also live coast to coast coverage as well. Two National Geographic Explorers will be hosting a live digital broadcast from the Airbnb Geodesic Dome in Terrebonne, Oregon. The two explorers are internationally recognized scholar and astrophysicist  Dr. Jedidah Isler and acclaimed National Geographic photographer and science journalist Babak Tafreshi who will be discussing the science behind the eclipse and answering viewers' questions. Experts will be stationed across the path of totality as the eclipse crosses the United States.

You can check it out on Facebook live, Twitter via Periscope, and YouTube starting 10pm eastern on August 20th and 9:30am Pacific Time on August 21st.

Visit the National Geogrpahic Eclipse page to check out live coverage. 

Also be sure to check out the path of totality on their eclipse map.

What are you planning on doing for the eclipse? Are you visiting anywhere that is in the path of totality? 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Check Out This Epic Maze a Cat Owner Made for His Cats

If you have a cat, or happen to adore cats, you probably know how much they love boxes. LOVE.

So this guy named Chris Poole, a somewhat YouTube star thanks to his cats, has created a pretty epic cat maze. I learned of this thanks to Geek.com's coverage of the maze. The maze, as you can see in the video below, is made of 50 boxes and the two cats enjoy themselves endlessly.

The video shows how he cuts the boxes and lines them up to create a maze. Each cat has their own exploring technique such as hopping from box to box to slithering between the holes cut open for them or weaving in and out and around the boxes. There are also treats inside the boxes the cats can find to make the whole thing worthy.

This video is unbelievably adorable and absolutely will make your day. Check it out below -


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ready for a New Taco Bell Shell? Meet the Naked Egg Taco.

The people who brought us the Dorito taco shell and other unique creations, have now brought us the Naked Egg Taco. What makes this creation unique is that it's entirely made of fried egg. It's an inside out breakfast you guys! Tucked inside is potatoes, bacon or sausage and cheese and it will be available to us all nationwide starting August 31st.

Liz Matthews, Chief Food Innovation Officer at Taco Bell Corp says, "Shell innovation is at the core of where we experiment - and whether it's crispy chicken, biscuits or waffles that wrap up menu item classics - we bring our fans craveable and unexpected food experiences that leave them wanting more."

Plus if you are in New York, Laguna Beach, Austin Texas, and Chicago, you have the chance to reserve a table to try this out for yourself. Visit OpenTable here and make your reservation.

This breakfast taco is going to be available for a limited time for $1.99 or part of a breakfast combo.

And how is the internet reacting?

Well, here's what we all have to say -

What do you think about the Naked Egg Taco? Will you be ordering it?

Monday, August 14, 2017

These Wichita Fire Crews Saved this Pup's Day

(Original Story posted to The Witchita Eagle).

Anyone up for some puppy news? I get these news alerts each day and I had to share this news out of Witchita, Kansas.

So this little adorable puppy got his head stuck in the middle of a tire somehow. Check out this tweet!

According to the post on Facebook, resident's DID try to get the little puppy's head out of the tire but they weren't successful. Hence, the unusual call to the fire department. With soapy water, the crew was able to free the puppy from the wheel and is now in the arms of his owner.

I'd say this person says it best -


Saturday, August 12, 2017

98 Degrees to Release New Christmas Album and Go on Tour

Anyone a fan of 98 Degrees? If you are, you will be extremely excited to learn that the yare about to release a new Christmas album. Entitled, "Let It Snow," 98 Degrees four person harmony including Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons, will be available for purchase by October 13, 2017. 

What was old is new again, right? It's been 18 years since their last Christmas album, "This Christmas" and their first album in four years. 

Drew Lachey said this was an easy decision to make. "As a group, our favorite record, hands down is [This Christmas]." Even better? Guys love it too. Drew continues to say, "We have primarily a female audience, but we'll have guys come up to us and say, 'You know what? I love the Christmas album, my mom bought it for me.' It's bro code that the Christmas album's allowed."

The album will include 12 songs such as, "Let it Snow," "Little Saint Nick," and "Run Rudolph Run." Each song was personally selected by a member of the band. So you have the nice boy band personalized touch! 

Is anyone else getting excited? Well here's one reason more. They are also going on a concert tour! It's a 31 city tour starting on November 10th and concluding on December 23rd. Presale tickets start selling on August 15th and are on sale everywhere Friday, August 18th. 

Be sure to visit their website to find out where there is a tour near you and to keep an eye out for when you can purchase an album. Also, like their page for Facebook updates. 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ozeri Salt and Pepper Shaker - My Review

Are you in need of a new salt and pepper shaker? Maybe one that takes out the hassle of salt and pepper getting everywhere thanks to you vigorously shaking?

Everyone meet the Ozeri Salt and Pepper Shaker. I'm kind of really into this thing.

So, this thing looks really fancy and it's really handy all the same time. When you get it, it's actually really easy to put together once you get the batteries in it. And you basically flip it over to get the grinding started and that's it. It just starts. No fierce shaking required. It's a tad slow, but I really don't think that's so abnormal. I've noticed a lot of automatic grinders are like that.  I think the most appealing thing about this is how incredibly easy this is to fill with salt or peppercorns. That is usually my biggest frustration with automatic or regular pepper grinders or salt shakers.

The thing that is the only downside is the amount of batteries this uses. It uses six AAA batteries and that is quite a lot to me. I really hope that this means that these shakers will last a long time. I kind of wish these were the type you could charge or something as I hate buying batteries (they're so expensive!)

Price wise they aren't bad. They go for $29.95 right now on Amazon.

Purchase now on Amazon.

I received the above products to review and have included an affiliate link for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.


Fran's Chocolate Sauce Review

There's a chocolate sauce out there that just fills my heart with such joy. It's called Fran's Chocolates. They've been around since 1982 and offer quality, tasty chocolate. Every time I've been lucky enough to try some, I've been rewarded to try such rich, tastily made chocolate.

First, ingredients matter a lot to me, and when you visit their website and read about the ingredients they select for their chocolate, you should be very pleased to choose their products. First, they're gluten-free, they're fair trade and organic, and are non-gmo as well. Read more about the ingredients found in their chocolates. 

I had the chance to review their single park bars and also their chocolate sauce. I loved this stuff. I have a confession too. I took like a couple of spoonfuls a day of this stuff. I confess I didn't make it for anything. I just ate it casually like it was my usual thing. This stuff is good. It's rich and it's chocolately. I'd say for those who say they don't like things TOO sweet to cut the sweetness with vanilla ice cream.

And in case you want to step outside the box and actually use chocolate sauce for something more than just by the spoonful, I've accumulate some must try recipes for you.

Twix Brownies

Get the recipe.

I am gluten-free but I'm sure one clever person can turn this recipe into gluten-free goodness. It takes one of my favorite candies and turns it into an incredible dessert that should be tried by all.

Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Get this recipe.

This is a fast and easy ice cream cake that I could see even myself making. It includes chocolate sauce, brownie mixes, and chocolate sandwich cookies and ice cream sandwiches. And if you are hankering for something just amazing, I think you should try this.

Mini Peanut Butter and Banana Pies

Get this recipe.

This is also another tasty dessert that is made with cream cheese, peanut butter, and a topping of whip cream and chocolate sauce. This is bound to make your taste buds leap with joy.

Death by Chocolate Monkey Bread

Get this recipe.

This one is made with biscuits, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. You can never have too much chocolate.

Layered Mint Chocolate Brownies

Get this recipe.

I'm kind of into the whole mint and chocolate thing. Aren't you? This one uses two cups of chocolate syrup and peppermint extract in its ingredients and has three layers. Oh yes. This is a good one.

S'mores Pizza Dessert

Get this recipe.

I really love s'mores. I think this pizza idea makes it even that much better. This one uses chocolate chip cookies, graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows with chocolate syrup for drizzling.

Now if you're tastebuds feel inspired, purchase Fran's Chocolate Sauce and you can buy one jar for $10. That is an incredible deal. Purchase now.

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.